Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Work In Progress

I haven't really done a full blown "wip" in a long time but I keep getting asked about my process so I thought I'd show you how I do what I do. You may or may not be surprised or disappointed that I paint very straight forward, no tricks, no masking fluids, no white, no stretched paper, not even taped down onto a board, just good old fashioned "brush, paper and water" oh, and I guess paint helps! :0)

The first step is to draw out the image, now drawing to draw is much different than drawing for a painting, I try not to add every little detail because I want to do that with paint. I definitely don't shade anything because the graphite makes colors look dirty. I also try to stay on the lite side with the pencil pressure so I don't have any ghost lines or have the lines show through the pigments where I don't want them to show.

The colors I'm using for this stage is New Gamboge, Permanent Rose, Permanent Blue (because I ran out of Ultra Marine) and a little Burnt Sienna, oh and lots of water! I'm painting on Arches 140lb coldpress paper.

The technique I most like to use is wet into wet because I like watching the colors move around and mix together and also to drop other colors into the wash. I like to say "slop it on and make it work!" and the most important part of any painting for me is to have chocolate while I'm waiting for things to dry! yum!

Stay tuned for more!


Mary Kosary said...

Thanks so much for sharing this information. It looks great so far.

Michelle said...

Thanks for posting a WIP. It's always interesting to see how other artists work. The New Gamboge, Perm. Rose and Ultra. Blue combo is one I often turn to. It's so versatile! This will look great, as your art always does.

debwardart said...

I'm not disappointed at all - it's great that you "just paint"! NO gimmicks!

RH Carpenter said...

I love your technique - especially the chocolate while waiting for the layer to dry :) I'm not disappointed that you don't have a lot of tricks - your great talent and skill are enough :) Now, pass that piece of chocolate and I'll sit here and watch the next step and the next :)

Pablo Villicaña Lara said...

Thanks for visiting Mary, Michelle, Deb, Rhonda!

Michelle, I don't normally use Blue because it's so easy to turn them skin tones corpse-ish! Yuck! so it's tricky. .

Yeah, maybe I'm just old school with the techniques, although, I'm in awe of what others do with all the new techniques, it's just not me.

And chocolate makes everything better doesn't it? ! Such a perfect health food!

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